Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

straw ballot

Pinellas GOP welcomes Paula Dockery

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery will speak to the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee on Monday, February 8. (It’s already been a month since Marco Rubio won the straw ballot of the PCREC?!) Also, Chairman JJ Beyrouti, who looked rather snazzy at Judge Thomas Minkoff’s investiture, confirms to me that Congressman Pete Sessions will be the featured speaker at this month’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Congressman Bill Young will deliver the keynote address, during which, it is widely speculated,…

Keep Reading

Meet Marco Rubio tonight

in Statewide/The Bay and the 'Burg by

He’s the insurgent candidate for the U.S. Senate who just won a straw ballot on Charlie Crist’s home turf. He’s the fresh face of a resurgent conservative movement pictured earlier this month on the cover of the New York Times magazine. He’s the rock-star politician you keep reading about in the newspaper. Well, now opportunity to size up Marco Rubio in person. On Wednesday night, my good friends Cliff Gephart and Tom DeMint are hosting a Meet & Greet for…

Keep Reading

In a nutshell, why I think Charlie Crist lost the Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Update: 9:53 a.m. – Crist brushes off straw poll loss: “It’s such a small number compared to the electorate,” he said. Crist said he probably wouldn’t have touted the results even if he had won. “I touted some of them in 1998 when I won and I know what that result was (he lost to Democratic Sen. Bob Graham), so I don’t put much stock in them,” he said Let’s not forget how ecstatic Crist was in 2006 when he…

Keep Reading

In a nutshell, why I think Charlie Crist lost the Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Update: 9:53 a.m. – Crist brushes off straw poll loss: “It’s such a small number compared to the electorate,” he said. Crist said he probably wouldn’t have touted the results even if he had won. “I touted some of them in 1998 when I won and I know what that result was (he lost to Democratic Sen. Bob Graham), so I don’t put much stock in them,” he said Let’s not forget how ecstatic Crist was in 2006 when won…

Keep Reading

Live-blogging, tweeting of Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot showdown between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio

in Statewide/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Life has its little ironies. For me, one of them is the fact that I get along much better with my old Republican friends than I do with my new Democratic colleagues. I’d much rather have a drink with Tony DiMatteo than Ramsey McLaughlan. Maybe that’s why I’ve enjoyed going to the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee meetings (do the Pinellas Democrats even have meetings?) I’ll be at January’s meeting of the PCREC to blog and tweet about the straw ballot…

Keep Reading

Live-blogging, tweeting of Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot showdown between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio

in Statewide/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Life has its little ironies. For me, one of them is the fact that I get along much better with my old Republican friends than I do with my new Democratic colleagues. I’d much rather have a drink with Tony DiMatteo than Ramsey McLaughlan. Maybe that’s why I’ve enjoyed going to the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee meetings (do the Pinellas Democrats even have meetings?) I’ll be at January’s meeting of the PCREC to blog and tweet about the straw ballot…

Keep Reading

What happens when, err, if Crist loses tonight’s straw ballot in Pinellas?

in Statewide/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Charlie Crist should never have allowed tonight’s straw ballot to occur. But Marco Rubio’s operatives in Pinellas, such as the gregarious Tony DiMatteo, have lured Crist into an obvious trap by scheduling the straw ballot. Crist’s young staff, no longer managed by George LeMieux, is convinced that Crist can win the Pinellas straw ballot. But what happens when Crist loses? An unscientific poll of 24 members of the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee reveals that Rubio’s support in Crist’s home county…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top